Although the acquisition is viewed as largely a consumer electronics play, boosting Microsoft portfolio of interactive investments, Canesta alludes to industrial automation as one of the applications for its technology.
Gesturetek, developer of the popular ‘turn-key’ interactive projection-based digital signage solutions is listed as one of Canesta’s customers. On their corporate site, Gesturetek lists Canesta hardware as a collaborative partner on their recent Hitachi TV project.
Verdict? More investment in interactive and alternative input technologies is a great development and hopefully Microsoft’s nod of approval helps propel investment and interest in this field.